March 11, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J.--The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to compete in the fifth annual College Basketball Invitational. Pitt (17-16, 5-13 Big East) will host Wofford (19-13, 12-6 Southern Conference) in CBI First Round action on Wednesday, March 14 at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.
The Pitt-Wofford winner will advance to CBI Second Round play against the Princeton-Evansville winner on Monday, March 19.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play and excited to be a host school," Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon said. "We have a young team and we are looking forward to continue playing."
The CBI consists of 16 teams. All games are hosted by participating schools. Schools must win three consecutive games to advance to the CBI Championship Series, which is scheduled as a best-of-three series to decide the tournament champion. The Championship Series begins on Monday, March 26 and continues on Wednesday, March 28. Should a third game be necessary, it would be played on Friday, March 30.
Participating schools include Butler, Washington State, Oregon State, Milwaukee, TCU, Western Illinois, San Francisco, Wyoming, North Dakota State, Delaware, Quinnipiac, Penn, Princeton, Evansville and Wofford.
For more information on the CBI or the Gazelle Group, please visit www.gazellegroup.com.
Tickets for Wednesday's game go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday morning. Customers may call the Panthers Ticket Office at 1-800-643-7488 or they may go online to www.pittsburghpanthers.com. The price for tickets is $20.
PITT'S 2012 COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 14, Wofford at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, TBA
Second Round (if necessary)
Monday, March 19, TBA (vs. either Princeton or Evansville)
Semifinals (if necessary)
Wednesday, March 21, TBA
Championship (if necessary, best of 3 series)
March 26, 28 and/or 30, TBA
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